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Rumor: Nvidia working on a new Ampere series GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU, sporting 9984 cores and 12/24GB GDDR6X VRAM

It appears that NVIDIA is prepping yet another RTX 30-series flagship SKU which is going to be positioned between the already released RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs, the RTX 3080 Ti. This leak comes just after NVIDIA was rumored to have cancelled the production of the RTX 3080 20 GB & RTX 3070 16 GB Ampere-based SKUs.

Kopite7kimi, a known and reliable Nvidia leaker has predicted that the green team is preparing a new Ampere card based on the 8nm GA102 GPU silicon, having the ASIC code GA102-250-A1.


The graphics card is going to sport 9984 CUDA cores, 1280 cores more than current RTX 3080 10 GB SKU. Given the current CUDA core count, the RTX 3080 Ti might also perform very similarly to the RTX 3090 GPU, since it only features 512 fewer CUDA cores than this flagship card.

The performance gap between the previously released RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs is not very huge to begin with. Leaker also mentions that the Memory configuration would also change as this new SKU is expected to have a 384-bit wide memory interface bus, vs 320-bit found on the original RTX 3080 10 GB variant.

The GPU is rumored to feature either 12 GB or 24 GB of GDDR6X VRAM, since it sports a wider memory bus interface as well.

This new graphics card is designed to combat AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 Big Navi series, offering more performance than the current RTX 3080 card, and lower pricing than the company’s 24 GB flagship RTX 3090 GPU.

Maybe Nvidia thinks the previously planned SKUs won’t be able to tackle AMD’s RX 6000-series Big Navi GPU lineup in terms of performance, so the company may have a new SKU in the works, with better specs as well, instead of just having more VRAM slapped on the PCB.

Things are slowly heating up in the rumor mill, as we approach AMD’s Big Navi launch date.

AMD plans to showcase its Radeon RX 6000 NAVI GPU lineup on October 28th, based on the new RDNA 2 architecture. John will cover this live event showcase.

Stay tuned for more!